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Repairs done on portions of Keystone XL pipeline

HOUSTON (AP) – A Canadian company that is building a pipeline to carry tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast says it is repairing parts of the duct in Texas.

TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard said in an email that inspections of the Keystone XL pipeline revealed “small imperfections.” He said nine sections totaling about 81 feet will be repaired. He said 75 percent of the pipeline in Texas is complete. Howard said it will be in operation by late 2013.

The 485-mile pipeline under construction will carry tar sands crude from a hub in Cushing, Okla., to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. Brownsville, Wis.-based Michels Corp. is overseeing construction of the pipeline from Cushing to about Diboll, Texas. It is meant to eventually connect to a 1,179-mile Keystone XL pipeline which would bring crude from Canada. That larger project has not received a required permit from the president.

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